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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)







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    Taco Bell goes 'all in' on new Las Vegas location

    Taco Bell is taking a gamble on Las Vegas.

    The Mexican chain revealed on Tuesday that it's going "all-in" this fall and opening a flagship restaurant in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

    The two-story, 24-hour Taco Bell Cantina will take inspiration from Vegas in its design and decor and will serve alcohol, including beer and "Twisted Freezes" — frozen beverages with either vodka, rum or tequila.

    Tapas-style menu items exclusive to Taco Bell's Cantina restaurants will also be served.

    Taco Bell introduced four new store designs back in May in hopes of attracting diners to a sleeker, more modernized dining experience. While the Mexican chain has steady lunchtime traffic, the brand has branched out to stake its claim in the breakfast and midnight snack categories. However, Taco Bell has yet to make its mark on dinnertime.

    Taco Bell's new Las Vegas location appears to be designed to attract diners to stay, as it features community seating and an outdoor patio in addition to the serving of alcohol.

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    Canadian Tire replaces president and CEO, restores predecessor in sudden shakeup

    Canadian Tire has dropped CEO Michael Medline, who had been in the role since 2014, and returned Stephen Wetmore to the post.

    In a surprise move, the head of one of Canada's biggest retailers, Canadian Tire, is leaving the top job after less than two years.

    Canadian Tire Corp. announced Wednesday that president and CEO Michael Medline is being replaced by his predecessor, Stephen Wetmore. The shakeup is effective immediately.

    The newly-reinstated Wetmore will step down as deputy chairman of the board, but will stay on as a director at the company.

    "The board of directors has given me a clear mandate to take our iconic brand to the next level," he said in a statement, adding that the retailer needs to continue to "rapidly evolve" to meet customers' and shareholders' expectations.

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    Cadillac Fairview Partners with WE Charity for 1st Retail Store

    Cadillac Fairview has partnered with youth charity ME to WE and as part of the initiative, the landlord has provided charity with a donated retail space at CF Toronto Eaton Centre -- North America’s busiest shopping mall. The new WE store opened to the public on July 28. 

    The 500 square foot WE boutique is located on the mall’s second level, next to the busy Dundas TTC subway station entrance. The store features a variety of innovative ME to WE products that “empower people to change the world with their everyday consumer choices”. Every ME to WE product provides life-changing gifts to children or families in WE Charity partner communities, from school supplies to scholarships to health care to alternative income opportunities. 

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    Lowe's to Acquire RONA; Creating Canada's Leading Home Improvement Retailer

                                     -- Transaction valued at C$3.2 billion (US$2.3 billion) --

    - Transaction unanimously approved by both companies' Boards of Directors
    - Agreement is based on compelling strategic rationale for both companies
    - Lowe's pledges important commitments to RONA's key Canadian stakeholders
    - Lowe's to locate its Canadian head office in Boucherville, Quebec; Canadian operations to be headed by  Sylvain Prud'homme, President of Lowe's Canada
    - Acquisition accelerates Lowe's growth strategy in Canada

    MOORESVILLE, N.C. and BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec, Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) ("Lowe's" or the "Company") and RONA inc. (TSX: RON, RON.PR.A) ("RONA") announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Lowe's is expected to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of RONA for C$24 per share in cash, and all of the issued and outstanding preferred shares of RONA for C$20 per share in cash.  The total transaction value is C$3.2 billion (US$2.3 billion) (the "Transaction").  The offer represents a premium of 104 percent to RONA's closing common share price on February 2, 2016 and a 38 percent premium to RONA's 52-week high of C$17.36. Together, Lowe's Canada and RONA stores will create Canada's leading home improvement retailer with 2015 pro forma revenues from Canadian operations of approximately C$5.6 billion. Excluding transaction and integration costs, we anticipate the Transaction will be accretive to Lowe's earnings in the first year following the close of the acquisition.

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